Howard Lake, MN (KROC-AM News) - U.S. and Minnesota flags are being flown at half-staff at government facilities throughout the state today in honor of a central Minnesota fire chief who suffered a fatal heart attack within hours of his participation in the response to an emergency call earlier this week.

Governor Tim Walz issued the order to lower the flags along with a proclamation honoring Howard Lake Fire Chief Daryl Drusch.

"Fire Chief Daryl 'Taddy' Drusch dedicated 30 years of exemplary service to the Howard Lake Fire and Rescue/Ambulance Service, serving as chief since 2014," the proclamation from Walz read. "With its deepest gratitude, the State of Minnesota recognizes Fire Chief Drusch for his dedicated service to, and sacrifice for, his fellow citizens, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and entire community."

Chief Drusch was 49-years-old. He had served as the Fire Chief in Howard Lake since 2014 and was a member of the community’s fire department for 30-years. A memorial service for the fire chief will be held this afternoon (1 PM) at the Howard Lake, Winsted, Waverly, High School in Howard Lake.

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